Red Marbles

I was listening to an podcast this week about how some people seem really lucky, but in reality people make their luck happen. The analogy used was a bag of marbles with red marbles being the great opportunities that come along…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Gatherings

Weekly Photo Challenge: Gatherings

Weekly Photo Challenge: Gatherings

This week I had the opportunity to do a bit of photo journalism. I’m not a photo journalist, but I need some of the same skills when I’m traveling and photographing people and events. Photographing local events helps keep me in practice. This week, the challenge is to go out and Photograph Gatherings.

Website Spring Clean Complete!

Website Spring Clean Complete!

Let’s talk websites this week. I spent the last week updating my website. For me, updating my website is like cleaning my bathrooms. You know, the really deep down scrubbing where you use an old toothbrush and try to get into those deep down corners, some of them very awkward to reach and easy to forget about.

Exhibit in Black and White

Exhibit in Black and White

This week, I’m prepping the show so my brain is full of black and white images. I thought I’d write a bit about my B&W post-processing that is a large part of the preparation.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Motion

Weekly Photo Challenge: Motion

This week’s photo challenge is a motion etude — Photograph Motion.
Freezing motion – making a moving subject stand still – is one thing modern cameras do well. We can freeze the motion of anything from raindrops to race cars to birds in flight. Sports are perfect subjects for freezing motion.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Eyes

Weekly Photo Challenge: Eyes

This week’s photo challenge is a focus etude — Photograph Eyes. One exercise in the Focus section of my book 32 Photo Etudes is to focus on eyes. Whether you like to photograph people or animals, capturing the eyes are key. Our eyes go directly to any eyes in a photo, so it’s important to practice getting a sharp focus where it counts.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Interesting Light

Weekly Photo Challenge: Interesting Light

This week’s photo challenge is a lighting etude. Photograph Interesting Light.
Sometimes photographers look for a subject first – what we’re going to photograph – and forget to look for the light. Light is the medium of photographers – it is what we use to create photographs. Being able to see and use light is fundamental to photography….

Weekly Photo Challenge: Repeating Patterns

Weekly Photo Challenge: Repeating Patterns

This week’s photo challenge is a compositional etude. Photograph Repeating Patterns
I worked on this compositional technique a lot when I first started trying to improve my photography skills. My eye will see repeating patterns, but only if the are really obvious. Once I started looking for repeating patterns, though they seem to be everywhere!

Jazz Photography: Creativity within Limits

Jazz Photography: Creativity within Limits

Jazz Photography: Creativity within Limits

​ In this article, I’ll talk a bit about what I mean by jazz photography and how approaching photography in a similar way to how jazz musicians approach music shows in my images. 

Personality-Infused Photos

Personality-Infused Photos

I had a bit of an epiphany this week with the help of a couple of the photographers who I’ve interviewed over the past couple of weeks for PhotoYoga. The “ah-ha” moment had to do infusing my personality into my photographs. 

Photo Etudes: The e-Book

Photo Etudes: The e-Book

I returned to the idea of a Photographic Etude this week and compiled an e-book focusing attention on the photographic techniques of composition, focus, light, and motion. To get e-book, Subscribe to PhotoYoga Newsletter

Characteristics of Zen Post-Processing

Characteristics of Zen Post-Processing

Characteristics of Zen Post-Some of my fellow photographers find post-processing a challenging and stressful experience. I decided to return to the 9 Characteristics of Zen Photography and see if they could apply…